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I'm attempting to import an mp3 into garageband for some basic editing.

I used the media browser to locate the file and then I 'dragged and dropped' main area ('drag apple loops here!')- a quick message appears to say it's importing. However, when the message disappears there is a new track but no music.

I checked the whole track to make sure it wasn't sitting at either end and I couldn't see it but alas that shed no light as to where the 'imported' track had vanished to.

I've attached an image - although I'm not really sure how much use it's going to be.

Facts: Running Mac OS X 10.7.2, Garageband '11 v 6.0

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Have you tried importing it into iTunes and then loading it from iTunes? – Bob Martens Nov 22 '11 at 15:40
Yes, I discovered tat the media browser does not display the song unless it is imported into iTunes first. – Sheldon Nov 22 '11 at 15:52
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Usually, we can easily import MP3 files to GarageBand (especially GarageBand 11)

However, sometimes the import process will encounter difficulty in importing an MP3 into GarageBand in two situations:

Situation 1: GarageBand only imports MP3 files which have the extension in lower case: ".mp3". If you try to import MP3 files (like MP3 recorded from the Olympus LS-10) with the extension in upper case: ".MP3", GarageBand will refuse to import those kinds of MP3 audio.

In this case, change the MP3 file extension to lower case in order to import MP3 to GarageBand.

Situation 2: GarageBand only supports those MP3 audio files which have a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits.

In this case, it will be necessary to convert the MP3 file(s) to GarageBand's more compatible AIFF file format.

The following link provides instructions for two methods to convert an MP3 file to a AIFF file at: How to Convert and Import MP3 to GarageBand?

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um my file was already mp3, so i converted it to AIFF like you suggest, but it STILL didn't work. :/ any other suggestions? – user111482 Jan 28 '15 at 15:10

I had the same problem! I tried right clicking the song in iTunes and chose "Create MP3 version". Then I went back to GarageBand and tried to import the song. Voila! It worked! Hope it works for you, too ;)

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